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Aurora Majority of Decision Making Authority Lawyer

"Majority of Decision Making Authority" is a term in which usually one parent will have most of the decision making authority in raising their minor child(ren). Majority Decision Making Authority is awarded where the courts determine that it is in the best interests of the minor child that only one parent have the discretion to make most decisions as to the issues of raising the minor child(ren). This usually occurs where the parties' have fundamental differences on issues regarding the minor child's health, education, religion and extra-curricular activities. Naturally, if the parties' cannot agree as to these issues, it is not in the best interests' of the minor child(ren).

Understanding Majority of Decision Making Authority

In Illinois, there is a presumption that "the maximum involvement and cooperation of both parents regarding the physical, mental, moral, and emotional well-being of their child is in the best interests of the child". However, because every family law issue and every family is unique, there may be instances in which the parties are at an impasse and simply refuse to or cannot agree. Here are examples of decision making authority issues in which parties' frequently find themselves in disagreement on:

(1) What religion will the child follow if both parents are members of different religions?

(2) What type of dietary rules will the child be required to follow?

(3) Do the parents have different beliefs in regards to holistic medicine or modern medicine?

(4) Will the minor child attend private school, public school or be home-schooled?

(5) What type of counseling needs does the child require?

(6) What type of extra-curricular activities will the child be enrolled in? (Sports, Music, Clubs, etc.).

(7) How will future disputes or issues be reconciled and/or addressed?

Contact an Aurora Majority Decision Making Authority Attorney

Ideally, it would be in the best interest of all parties to come to an agreeable resolution to your decision making authority issues. However, if you find that you are constantly in conflict when it comes to the decisions made in regards to your child's care, an award of Majority Decision Making Authority may be the only option for you. Court's will always consider what is in the best interests of the minor child in making decisions or awards of decision making authority. In some cases however, it may be in your child's best interest for you to be awarded a Majority of Decision Making Authority of your child. If you have questions or need an experienced Majority Decision Making Authority Attorney, please contact my office for a free consultation. We will guide you through the process and will develop a strategy to achieve the best possible results.

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